Regarding inconsistencies in TSA procedure, I recently heard a story on NPR Morning Edition where Steve Inskeep was interviewing an authority from the TSA. The man being interviewed said repeatedly that the TSA procedures are meant to be "unpredictable," but that they were not necessarily "random." It was a rather amusing play on words, I thought, and the man even slipped up and said "random" at one point and had to correct himself. Apparently they state that their practices are very defined, but that TSA employees are instructed to change things up purposely and use varying techniques to keep things "unpredictable" for the terrorists. While I guess that makes some sense, it seems like it is more confusing than anything. Who is to say some TSA agents aren't just making things up as they go along and taking advantage of their position?
Here is the link to the story: